What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is the digital version of a bulletin board or a scrapbook. It is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you like. With Pinterest, you can “pin” any image or video onto a pinboard and arrange your boards by categories or subjects. Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or pin images directly from the internet. You can also set up group boards to share ideas on a specific subject or collaborate on a project.
Pinterest provides a place for libraries to share ideas on displays, promotions, adult and children’s programming, new technology, advocacy and staff development. It has broader implications as a research tool for patrons, students and library professionals.
Click here to see a list of 25 libraries and how they are using Pinterest. Here’s how a library-themed pinboard looks :
What do I need to get set up?
All you need is an internet connection and an email address. Pinterest no longer requires that you request an invitation.
Pinterest gives you the option to sign up with your email or with your facebook account. If you decide to use facebook, it will import the email address that you use for facebook as well as your birthday, personal description and likes.
If you have any questions or concerns, the help center has instant answers and can also provide assistance by email.
OK, I’m signed up…now what?
Watch this tutorial and then start pinning!
Pinterest features the “Pin It” button that you can drag to your bookmarklets toolbar. You can use it to pin images and videos directly to your pinboards from the internet.
Watch this tutorial to see how Pinterest links pins to original source material.
Remember to blog about your experience with Pinterest and share your thoughts on how you feel it could benefit your library.
Take it further…
Create a pinboard of ideas pertaining to the next seasonal holiday. Include interesting book covers, relevant authors, activities and visual display ideas.
If you would like to know more, check out the following links…